Exhibition of Posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
Frequently asked questions
Who can apply to present a poster? What is meant by early-career researchers?
Poster presenters are in the early part of their careers- MSc, PhD, Post Docs, Research Assistants or Fellows, recently-appointed lecturers, part-time and “mature” students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, or companies. The event is not appropriate for undergraduate students. We welcome returners, and those starting a second career – age is unimportant.
What is meant by a "newly-appointed lecturer"?
“Newly-appointed lecturers” are those who have been appointed within the last 2 years maximum
Can non British researchers apply?
Applicants do not have to be British, but must be working in the UK. Clearly some work (especially field work) may have been carried out overseas.
Can I apply again if I have previously been selected to attend a STEM for BRITAIN event?
Can I apply again, if I have previously been unsuccessful?
Can I apply for more than one subject category?
May I name my supervisor / co workers on my Abstract / Poster?
Yes, but you need to make clear your personal contribution. Only one person may present.
What should the Abstract contain?
Describe the problem and its significance (potential impact).
Describe the experimental method(s) – briefly.
Describe the achievements so far.
Can I submit more than one Abstract?
How long should the Abstract be?
One page of A4 is the maximum. It must contain:
Name of presenter/co workers
Can I include figures and tables in the abstract?
Yes, you may include tables, graphs, diagrams, images, etc. in your abstract but be aware this will reduce the amount of space available for text.
Are bibliographic references required?
No, though they may be included. However, we suggest the space might be better used.
Can Abstracts be altered?
You can upload a revised version at any time before the closing date. It will replace the previous version.
I cannot submit my Abstract without it first being approved by my employer, and it may not get clearance before the closing date - what do I do?
Please contact us well before the closing date if you expect your abstract will be delayed.
When should the Reference be provided?
At the same time as your Application form is completed and your scientific Abstract provided; it is an essential part of the application process. We suggest you contact your referee as soon as you decide to make an application.
What should the Reference contain?
Your referee should know you well and be in a position to give his/her opinion of you as a scientist and comment on your input (theoretical and practical) to the work being submitted. They may wish to make other points about your previous achievements and future promise. We recognize that much research is collaborative, but our judges need to be clear about your unique input.
Who should provide the Reference?
References should be in an official format and come from a university or organisation address. Referees are usually senior colleagues, supervisors, Heads of Department, or similar.
Will there be any feedback?
Sorry, we are not able to provide this.
When are the Posters required?
If you are selected, we ask you to submit the poster electronically two weeks before the event, to give the judges more time to consider it.
What audience should the Posters be targeted at?
Your poster should describe your work in terms intelligible to an interested member of the public. We STRONGLY advise that you do NOT use a poster which has been presented at a meeting of a Learned Society; this is not the level we are seeking. On the day, the judges will be looking for enthusiasm, clarity and brevity as well as scientific excellence.